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To get back to the topic of US exurban and rural populations. Everyone thinks this is an un-fixable problem because of the magnitude. But, actually the exurbans only comprise at most 10% of the population.

In the past single generation cities in the Rust Belt have declined by 50% in population (Detroit, Buffalo, etc.) so social and economic forces can cause a rapid shift when conditions are right.

Sprawl is the end stage of wasteful development, but the majority still live in fairly compact regions. The problem comes with the supply chain which even for food now stretches over 1500 miles on average.

Will people be willing to buy local, seasonal food when they have gotten use to peaches in January? How about substituting dried and canned foods instead of fresh and frozen?


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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 06:52:19 PM EST

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